BRETTON WOODS, N.H. -- New Hampshire's Mount Washington area may be best known for winter sports, but there is plenty for families to do during the warm weather months.

The area's grand dame property, the Mount Washington Hotel & Resort, offers a range of such kid-friendly activities as tennis, biking, swimming and horseback riding on its 2,600-acre spread.

Especially enticing to weary parents is the summer King of the Mountain Kids' Kamp, which offers a full or half day of activities for children ages 5 through 12.

The camp includes such supervised functions as picnics, outdoor games, cooking sessions in the hotel kitchen, movies, nature walks, arts and crafts and tennis lessons. Evening programs also are available for parents who want to dine on their own.

The resort is so popular for tennis that it was just named one of the four best family tennis resorts in the country, according to the April 2001 issue of Tennis magazine.

The property features 12 red clay courts where guests can play on their own or in round-robin tournaments, or participate in clinics or private lessons.

Another popular family attraction is horseback riding, with programs ranging from guided excursions on scenic trails in the mountains to pony rides for children.

The facility, located in an original Victorian stable, is within easy walking distance of the various accommodations.

Clients looking for some historical perspective on the area can take a ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway, also owned by the hotel company.

The roundtrip ride, which climbs at such a slant that passengers can practically stand on the back wall, includes a 20-minute stop at the summit.

Once there, families can hike the marked trail and catch the views or enter the visitors center for refreshments. Be advised, however, that the temperature at the top will be chilly enough for hats and gloves, even in summer.

One of the biggest draws of the Mount Washington area is the hotel itself, which opened in 1902 and combines a turn-of-the-century elegance with a low-key, casual ambience that invites children to roam and explore its nooks and crannies.

To lure families, the property offers a selection of family suites and connecting guest rooms as well as kid-friendly menus and inclusive meal plans.

Visitors who like the area but prefer less grand accommodations can stay at the Bretton Woods Motor Inn across the street, which features 50 guest rooms, private balconies and patios, an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and family dining at Darby's Restaurant.

Also available are the adjacent Townhomes at Bretton Woods, which range from one- to five-bedroom units comfortably furnished and offering fully equipped kitchens and sunny decks.

Those who like a more traditional New England inn can stay at the newly restored Bretton Arms Country Inn, a 34-room inn featuring a cozy dining room on site.

No matter which property clients choose, they receive access to Mount Washington Hotel & Resorts' sports club and swimming pool, accessible via complimentary shuttle service.

For more information, call the resort at (800) 258-0330 or visit the Web site at www.mtwashington.com.

Resort offers tennis in the mountains

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. -- This summer, the Mount Washington Hotel & Resort is offering a series of Tennis in the Mountains lodging packages.

Packages include accommodations in superior rooms, full daily breakfast, a four-course dinner each evening, unlimited use of tennis courts and a daily half-hour lesson with the resort's tennis professional per person. The programs range from $349 to $379 per couple, per night.

Also available to guests of the Bretton Woods Motor Inn and The Bretton Arms Country Inn, the packages cost from $119 to $199 and $139 to $269, per couple, per night, respectively.

Guests who prefer horseback riding can choose from group tours, at $35 an hour per person, $60 for two hours; private tours are $50 an hour, and pony rides $5 a child. Advance reservations are recommended by calling the stable at (603) 278-3388.

Rates at the Mount Washington Cog Railway are $44 for adults; $40 for seniors, and $30 for kids ages 6 to 12. Children under age 6 ride free on a parent's lap.

Family Cog Rail days, scheduled during holiday periods, include special storytelling activities, giveaways and reduced rates.

For additional information, call (800) 922-8825 or (603) 278-5404, fax (603) 278-5830 or visit the Web at www.thecog.com.

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